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Social Studies

3rd Grade

Social Studies 3 - Communities (Link opens to previous resource page for Parkway Third Grade Teachers)

Additional resources organized by unit are below.

1.  Welcome to Social Studies - What is Geography?

  • Explore the States:  From America's Story, this site provides a brief background and interesting facts about each of the 50 states.

  • Google Earth:  Most likely already installed on your machine, this application is highly engaging to students and does a great job at showing perspective as it relates to location and distance.
     
  • Interactive Map - Using a Compass Rose:  From Education Place, this site includes an interactive map of a neighborhood and poses three questions to students that engages them in the use of the compass rose to find the correct answer.

  • Marble:  From KDE Technologies, this is a download site for the interactive globe application, Marble.  It is similar to Google Earth in some respects, but it includes some neat features that Google Earth does not - precipitation, temperature, street, historical maps, and the earth at night.  It also allows the user to switch views between globe, Mercator, and flat projection and to display the geographic grid (latitude and longitude).

  • USA Map Games:  From Sheppard Software, this site includes many interactive games for USA geography.  Each game is presented in levels that vary in degree of difficulty from "Tutorial" to "Cartographer" and includes a voiceover announcing the name of the state or region when selected.

  • World Continent Games:  From Sheppard Software, this site includes interactive games for world geography.  Each game is presented in levels that vary in degree of difficulty from "Tutorial" to "Expert" and includes a voiceover announcing the name of the continent or ocean when selected.

2.  What is Culture?

  • Journey to Planet Earth - Urban Ecosystems:  From PBS, this site includes resources for teaching students about the human characteristics of an urban environment through the stories of New York City, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Istanbul.  For 3rd grade classes this would be best used as a teacher resource, but it does include short videoclips for each of the locations that could be shown to an entire class.
     
  • Journey to Planet Earth - Stories of Hope:  From PBS, this site explores how cultures from around the world have overcome dangers to their ecosystems.  Forty five locations and stories are included in this series.

3.  What is Government?

  • Constitutional Home Timeline:  From the Nation Constitutional Center, this site features an "online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history. Visitors can browse through a collection of stories and headlines -- annotated by images, audio and video clips and interactive content -- to explore some of the people, events and issues that have shaped the Constitution and the history of our nation."

  • The Declaration of Independence:  From America's Library, this site includes a brief history and summary of the content and impact of the D of I.

  • Declaring Independence - the Movie:  From Archiving Early America, this 2 minute and 30 second video clip provides a brief overview for younger children on the purposes of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Democracy Kids:  From Representative Democracy in America, this site includes information, videos, and games targeted to elementary students to help them understand the functions and purposes of government in the United States.
  • The Rights of Citizens:  From Ben's Guide to Government for Kids, this site provides a brief summary of the Bill of Rights and gives a few examples of the rights guaranteed to citizens.
     
  • The Star-Spangled Banner:  From the Smithsonian Institute, this site discusses the significance and meaning behind our national anthem.

4.  What is History?

  • Angel Island - Li Keng Wong's Story:  From Scholastic, this site explores the causes and effects of Chinese immigration to the United States in the 1930s from the perspective of a seven-year old girl.
     
  • Big Apple History:  From PBS Kids, this site explores the history of New York including native inhabitants, immigration, and technological advancement.
     
  • Hispanic History in the Americas:  From Scholastic, this site includes an interactive timeline that traces Spanish influences in the Americas.
     
  • Immigration:  Stories of Yesterday and Today:  From Scholastic, this site features stories about immigrants who arrived to the United States in the early 20th century and about immigrants and children who are arriving today. 

  • Lewis and Clark:  From Scholastic, this site allows students to "experience westward expansion" with Lewis and Clark.

  • Native American Heritage Activity Set:  From Scholastic, this site contains links to activities that allow students to "to explore some of the contributions Native Americans have made — and continue to make — to the culture, tradition, and history of our nation."

  • Our America - Colonial Period:  From Scholastic, this site includes many resources and activities for students as they explore the many causes and effects of the colonial period (1607-1776) in American history.

  • Our America- Westward Expansion:  From Scholastic, this site includes many resources and activities for students as they explore the many causes and effects of westward expansion in the United States.
     
  • The First Thanksgiving:  From Scholastic, this site is full of media that describes how the Pilgrims reached America and describes the daily lives of the Native Americans that they encountered upon their arrival.

  • The Timucua:  From Exploring Florida, this site provides a brief history with illustrations of the Timucua tribe.

  • The Timucua - Tearing Down the Myth: From Palm Beach County History Online, this site includes great illustrations and a concise history of the Timucuan people.

  • The Underground Railroad - Escape from Slavery:  From Scholastic, this interactive site allows students to "follow" the path of a runaway slave during an escape to freedom.
     

5.  What is Economics?

  • Free Ride:  From EconEdLink, this site includes resources and suggestions for teaching students the concepts of goods, services, and taxation.

  • The Productive Blues (Jeans):  From EconEdLink, this site includes resources and suggestions for teaching students the economic concepts of capital and natural resources through the stories of Levi's Jeans, Hershey's Chocolate, and Wrigley's Chewing Gum.

  • Tic Tac Taxes:  From EconEdLink, this site includes resources and suggestions for teaching students the economic concept of taxation (local, state, and federal).